Evaluation of infrared emission spectroscopy for mapping the Moon's surface composition from lunar orbit

D. B. Nash, J. W. Salisbury, J. E. Conel, P. G. Lucey, Philip Christensen

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Abstract

Infrared thermal emission spectroscopy is evaluated for its possible application to compositional mapping of the Moon's surface from lunar orbit. Principles of the mid-IR (~4-25 μm) technique, previous lunar ground-based observations, and laboratory studies of Moon samples are reviewed and summarized. A lunar thermal emission spectrometer experiment is described, patterned after a similar instrument on the Mars Observer spacecraft. Thermal emission spectrometry from a polar-orbiting lunar spacecraft could provide a valuable mapping tool to aid in exploration for lunar resources and help provide understanding of the origin of the Moon and history of lunar surface processes. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23,535-23,552
JournalJournal of geophysical research
Volume98
Issue numberE12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

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